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Alaska Village Beset by Water Woes Gets Setback
A northern Alaska village beset by shortages of treated water and money has been hit by yet another setback.
ANCHORAGE- A northern Alaska village beset by shortages of treated water and money has been hit by yet another setback.
Kivalina finally began to fill its water-storage tanks after a regional health care nonprofit stepped forward in July to help replace a corroded transfer hose in the Inupiat Eskimo village that's perpetually strapped for cash.
But recent rains have stirred up the mud in the Wulik River, the source of Kivalina's water supply. Water pumping was halted for a week after the village ran out of filters this month.
The work resumed Thursday after more filters arrived.
But city manager Janet Mitchell says the number of filters obtained is not enough to last long with the river's turbidity levels. She says the community of 400 can't afford to buy more filters.